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Canto 24 Summary and Analysis

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Vanni Fucci from Pistoia: A thief; a runner from the serpents in the trench; predicts the future to hurt Dante

The poets continue their journey. Dante is glad when Virgil’s anger cools and they can continue the journey in a more pleasing manner. Virgil continues to help Dante and to give advice as they go; Dante heeds his recommendations.

In looking down into the pit, the two see only blackness. Dante suggests descending further so that he can look below. When they are finally able to see in the chasm of the seventh trench, the two see serpents of all types. Naked shades run terrified in their midst; the hands of these runners are tied behind their backs with snakes; the heads and tails of these snakes writhe at either side of the runners. One runner is stung and burns to ashes. His ashes resume his former state and he comes to talk with the two travelers.

The shade describes to Virgil and Dante the life he led as a beast instead of a person. The runner, whose name is Vanni Fucci from Pistoia, admits his shame at being found in this place and of his sins of stealing. Fucci predicts that Pistoia will...

(The entire section is 413 words.)